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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
Not to mention all the different adapters I had to bring for my hair dryer and curling iron, since Andrew was remarkably unhelpful in describing what British electrical outlets look like ("They look likeoutlets, " he kept saying on the phone.†
adapters = people or things that change to fit a different situations, or that change things to fit different situations
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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alternative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an alternative plan
I mean, I was really only trying to suggest alternatives to turning this place into a spa.†
alternatives = possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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analysis
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
analysis of relevant data
She's always valued my fashion analyses.†
analyses = instances or results of detailed examinations

(editor's note:  This is the plural of analysis.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of analysis means:
the process or result of examining and thinking about something to better understand it
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chastise
2 uses
Amelia Bloomer's trousers, meanwhile, finally found eager supporters in young female enthusiasts of the newly invented bicycle, and no amount of chastising from their parents, priests, or the press could induce girls to give up their "bloomers," or their bicycles.
chastising = scolding or criticizing
DefinitionGenerally chastise means:
to scold or criticize
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condescending
1 use
Not all young people realize how important it is to treat children with respect and dignity instead of condescension.
condescension = a manner that treats others as inferiors

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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consequence
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Or she could just THINK she's had the real thing, and consequently thinks she's drunk.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
In contrast to Egyptian costume, in which there was a distinct division in style between the sexes, the Greek costume during this same period did not vary between men and women.†
in contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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disdain
1 use
Or even her disdain for Luke's secret dream of being a doctor (not, of course, that he's shared this secret dream with me.†
disdain = a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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elaborate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
elaborate on your plan
"It's just a white lie," Andrew elaborates.†
elaborates = adds details or explains in detail
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
add details or explain in detail
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enable
2 uses
You'd have been enabling him to continue his destructive behavior.†
enabling = making possible
DefinitionGenerally enable means:
to make possible
in various senses, including:
  • to give someone the ability, knowledge, or authority to do something — as in "The study will enable an informed discussion."
  • to activate a computer system for use — as in "You can enable the feature in the Settings Page."
  • to permit someone to repeat bad behavior, so they reinforce the bad pattern — as in "I don't want to enable her drug addiction."
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hideous
5 uses
That one in the hideous jacket with the epaulets.†
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
He holds his glass of wine aloft to illustrate just what that passion is—in case I hadn't guessed.†
illustrate = help make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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immodest
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
immodest dress
She encouraged women to adopt the "bloomer," a baggy-legged pant worn beneath a knee-length skirt that would not in any way be considered immodest today.
immodest = sexually suggestive
DefinitionGenerally this sense of immodest means:
considered improper — especially too sexually suggestive which is typically said of clothing
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incredulous
4 uses
Andrew shoots me an incredulous look.†
incredulous = unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
...and Marilyn Manson T-shirt, which I believe he is wearing to be ironic.
ironic = saying one thing while meaning the opposite
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Monsieur
35 uses
Is that Monsieur de Villiers, returned from Paris?†
Monsieur = Mr. or Sir (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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peasant
7 uses
Mrs. M looks like a rose herself, all pink-cheeked and shiny in jeans and a peasant top.†
peasant = used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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primarily
1 use
This place is primarily a vineyard, isn't it?†
primarily = mainly
DefinitionGenerally primarily means:
mainly (most importantly)
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subsequent
1 use
The glasses we—and then all the wedding guests Monsieur de Villiers had brought through for subsequent tours—used are piled up beside a stone sink at the far end of the room.†
subsequent = following something else
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thesis
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
her Master's thesis
In this thesis, I hope to explore the history of clothing.
thesis = a formal and lengthy research paper
DefinitionGenerally this sense of thesis means:
a formal and lengthy research paper advancing a new point of view — usually a requirement for an advanced academic degree
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